“The coolest and most sophisticated language of all”
French is of course the coolest and most sophisticated language of all. It has a rigour and clarity foreign to English, a charm and suavity that is the stuff of legends, a plasticity that makes it a pleasure to speak. It is also very useful: France is still a larger economy than the UK and the language competes with English as the lingua franca of much of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
A-Level French involves the study of the French language and the cultures of France and French-speaking countries. Topics studied include youth culture and concerns, lifestyle, health and fitness, travel and tourism, environmental issues, education and employment. Lessons are conducted mainly in French, the emphasis being placed on the practical use of the language, as well as on accuracy of pronunciation, spelling and grammar. The course will develop and improve your ability to read, write, speak and listen in French.
How will I be assessed?
At the end of Year 12 you will be assessed through:
- A listening, reading and writing exam (45% towards AS grade)
- A written exam based on a text or film (25% towards AS grade)
- A speaking exam (30% of AS grade)
At the end of Year 13 you will be assessed through:
- A listening, reading and writing exam (50% towards A level)
- A written exam based on one text and one film or two texts (20% towards A-Level)
- A speaking exam based on an individual research project (30% towards A-Level)
Additional Entry Requirements
GCSE French: B
GCSE English: 5
GCSE Maths: 5
All A-Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to be able to continue into Year 13.
Required grades for English and Maths may be revised in August 2017.
Where can this course take me?
Studying A-level French will not only enhance your ability to discuss matters in French or read and write in French – but will potentially open up to you a greater understanding of French society and culture and, in today's global job market, some potentially important work opportunities. French culture still leads the way in the worlds of fashion and art, the high seriousness of intellectual debate and the shabby grandeur of café bohemia. A-Level in French can be combined with any other A-Level subject. Scientists who can communicate in a foreign language are particularly in demand by employers, but French also sits happily with the Arts and Humanities. It can form the basis of a university course in Modern Languages or lead to degrees in science, engineering, medicine, social sciences and humanities.